Winter camping comes with benefits. There are fewer crowds and bugs to contend with as you enjoy the peace and beauty of the outdoors. But that’s only possible if you are prepared for it. To set yourself in the right mode, you need to acquire a list of the must-have items. Here is a list of 5 essential winter camping gear no serious camper would dare go out without:
5 Essential Winter Camping Item’s
- Winter Sleeping Bag
- Heat Source
1. Winter sleeping bag
Whether you intend to sleep in the mountains or your truck, picking the right winter sleeping bag can be a hard task. There are many options, and prices, and shapes. While you would pick an affordable bag that matches your body size, you need to put more emphasis on the insulation fill type.
There are two insulation types to choose from: Goose Feather Down – an expensive type that provides more warmth for their weight, are durable but gets wet easily – and synthetic type which is made from a synthetic fabric such as polyester with low warmth to weight ratio but better protection against moisture.
Sleeping bags come with temperature ratings i.e. the lowest temperature the bag can keep the user comfortable. Check the temperature ratings before buying.
Winter tent provides with shelter than can withstand the extremes of winter weather. There are two classes of winter tents: 3-season and 4-season tents. A 3-season tent is made for breathability and lightweight performance. The 3-season version is designed for all extremes of the winter: heavy snow, fierce winds, and very cold weather. So if you are not expecting stormy weather and would like to camp below a tree line, a 3-season tent is the best choice for you. If you are anticipating more hostile conditions, a 4-season tent will do for you.
Camping heaters intended to be used inside tents are designed in such a way that they will give you sufficient warmth without damaging the tent’s fabric. If you have been fishing or hiking you are not new to those abrupt cravings to wrap things up for a while and let off the steam. You will have the same experience when camping in the woods during the winter. Besides the obvious requirement that your heatsource should be easily portable, it should also come with a fan feature and preferably 360-degree spin ability. A heatsource with about 5 hrs runtime would be great for you. An auto-shut feature is necessary to automatically turn off the device in the event of overheating.
Typically, walking through snow isn’t fun, especially if the snow is deep enough to swallow your leg to the ankle level or beyond. Usual tough terrain boots or any other kind of shoes besides snowshoes would be useless.
Snowshoes are designed to distribute the weight of the wearer evenly to help them to stay above the flakes. Snowshoes are great for pretty any winter activity: trail walking, fishing, running, hiking, as well as general camping. There are two types of snowshoes: composite and aluminium. Composite shoes are compact and better suited for icy conditions and packed snow. Aluminum-framed shoes float better in the most powdery snow you can ever find.
The most critical factor when selecting snowshoe size, however, is their overall weight. Generally, the heavier the wearer is, the larger the shoes should be.
5. General safety gear (Survival Kit)
You need to carry a special kit that ensures your safety while in the woods. Remember to carry these items with you:
- Prescription medications sealed in a dry container
- Flashlight or headlamp with many extra batteries
- Repair kits for stoves, tents, and sleeping bags; include repair tape and duct tape
- Lip balm and sunscreen
- Blister care and first aid kit
- Map and trip plan (so you don’t get lost)
- GPS (optional)
- Emergency communication device
- A camping permit, if required
And those are 5 essential items for winter camping
A tent, preferably one that has been optimized for winter use, is one of the most important items on your winter camping checklist. Snowshoes give you an easy time to explore the terrain in a way typical shoes wouldn’t. Because the weather will be incredibly cold, a heat source is a must-have. Sleeping bags provide the cozy bed experience you need in the camp. You also need to remember packing general safety gear for your safety.